Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – August 4, 2022

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care. But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her—but she’s going to have to work for it.

Clara Kip had prayed repeatedly to die in São Paulo. It truly seemed the smallest of requests. People died in Brazil every day. What was one more? Especially one who had dreamed of the country most of her life.

The Lord, however, gave her Kansas.

I’ll tell ya, if that opening doesn’t grab you, read it anyway. I’m not done yet, and I have absolutely fallen in love with Mrs. Kip. She knows her time on earth is nearly done, but she reckons the Lord has put her where she is for a reason, and she’s going to make the most of the time she has left. She and Aidyn haven’t crossed paths yet in my reading, but I can’t wait to see their first meeting. My review will be up in a few days!

And what do you think? Would you pick up the book and get to know Mrs. Kip?

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

This week’s prompt:

Have you ever switched reading genres? If so, why? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Switched reading genres how? I mean, I read all sorts of things. My first picks are normally fantasy and cozy mystery, sure. But my reading range covers anything from thriller to police procedural to memoir to romance to historical fiction to chick lit. If the blurb grabs my attention, I’ll read it. I’ve never been one to really limit myself to a single genre.

So yes, I switch genres, just about every time I pick up a new book.

How about you? Do you stick to a favorite genre or do you mix it up?

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21 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – August 4, 2022

  1. sjhigbee says:

    Ooo… what a lovely beginning – thank you for sharing:)). And yes – I do switch genres. My overall favourite is well-written space opera adventure, closely followed by all flavours of fantasy. However, both genres tend to be rather on the grim side – and right now, while I’m wading through so much hard stuff in my daily life, I need something a lot lighter – so I regularly slide across to crime and murder mysteries:)).

  2. Meezan says:

    I’m a huge fan of cozies. That’s the genre that sparked my interest in reading. Have a great day! 🙂

  3. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I loved Mrs. Kip. A top book for me this year. A re-read for sure.

    My first line is from Crossfire by Lynette Eason:
    FBI Special Agent Julianna Jameson glanced at the alert on her phone. “Hostage situation in progress.” she murmured, reading the text aloud.

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    Yay for book twins! I also read many different genres and authors…I think if you are constantly reading only one genre you would get tired of it pretty quickly.

  5. Two people reading this one this week! I must go look for it.

  6. This sounds really good. I’ll have to check it out.

  7. I read different genres as well. It more in what I’m interested in reading at the moment.

  8. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Raising Kids Who Care by Susy Lee.
    “In a Harvard University study, a massive 96 percent of parents said they wanted to raise ethical, caring children.”
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. 😀❤️📚

  9. I tend to stay in the genres I enjoy. 🙂

    I’m currently reading Finding Her Voice by Donna Gartshore. The first line is: “Bridget, I’m going for a quick lunch.”

    Have a great weekend!

  10. Ashley S. says:

    I’m hearing such wonderful things about this book. I really need to read it. Hope you have a great weekend ! 🙂

  11. I generally always come back to horror or chick lit, but I’ll read pretty much anything and love trying new things. I go through spells where I prefer a certain genre, this summer is a lot of non-fiction and romance.

  12. Breana M. says:

    I agree with you about the opening. It’s an attention grabbing quote. Have a great weekend!

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